Hi all - Brand new to these forums but I've had my Z-28 for at least 10 years. Is there a general consensus on which tubes this amp likes? I have no real complaints with the tone right now but I'd be curious to hear something new. This amp is a workhorse for me, I play my acoustics through it (Guild dreadnaught with a piezo under saddle and a Regal metal body resonator) as well as my Tele. It works great for everything. So like I say, no real complaints at the moment, more curious than anything.
Stoked to be here and I look forward to any thoughts!
I’ve had my Z28 a little over ten years, and it’s one of 3 Dr Z’s I have. You’ll get good opinions here, and mine is to use what the Doc specifies for tubes. He goes through a lot of different tubes during design and picks what sound best to him. I’ve learned that his ear is impeccable, and I just replace tubes with his recommendations so my amps maintain the tone I bought them for. The EF86 in the Z28 can be finicky, and the Dario Miniwatt is prized but getting very rare (and expensive). I’ve used the Winged C EF86 for a year or so and like it, so I bought a spare.
Post by Jaguarguy (Mike) on Jan 6, 2020 12:29:18 GMT -7
Welcome to the Forum! Let me second Daddy Elmis's thoughts - a lot of great people and information here. I've got Darios in my Z-28 and they sound great! But, like Daddy said - they are getting rarer to find and more expensive. You might try sending a note PerryR here on the Forum - he has a some nice tubes available for reasonable prices. Not sure if he has Darios though.
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